Category Archives: Teaching

This is better!

This is better!

With the world as a classroom, anything is possible!

Unfortunately it’s true!

Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing

A couple of key takeaway quotes

“That is: The (bombed) pretest drives home the information in a way that studying as usual does not. We fail, but we fail forward.”

“The basic insight is as powerful as it is surprising: Testing might be the key to studying, rather than the other way around.”

To read the whole article from the New York Times click here

Reinvent English in 1 minute

Not a polished Hollywood production but it conveys the basic premise of Reinvent English

For more information got to the The Project page

Sage on the stage or guide on the side?

An interesting Edudemic article on flipped online learning that states,

“In short, flipped online learning would involve a larger focus on the student producing the learning materials and having an online instructor be more of a ‘guide on the side’ as it were. Rather than watching videos and taking a quiz, you’d have a robust discussion, have students create projects to share with classmates, and generate more discussion out of that.”

A classroom for the 21st century

An interesting guardian article that reflects the philosophy of Reinvent English, in particular the first two points in the summary below

In summary

• Learning shouldn’t be confined to the classroom – it can take place anywhere.

• A change of physical environment can help to encourage creativity and innovation.

• Schools’ fear of Ofsted can inhibit experimentation.

• Strong leadership is required to help schools to innovate.

• Leaders should not be scared to take educated risks

The Teacher’s guide to Flipped Classrooms

Check out this great Edudemic article that curates various resources on the flipped classroom model that any teacher needs.

Flipping the ESL classroom

I’ve been experimenting more and more with flipping the classroom and it is getting results.

As this Edudemic article states, “Flipped learning has been around for a while. It’s a rethinking of the standard classroom model that puts students in the driver’s seat. With the influx of technology into education, the flipped classroom model has really taken off. In fact, it’s one of the hottest education trends we’ve been monitoring on Edudemic for the past 4 years. We published a useful guide to flipped classrooms many moons ago but were excited to see an updated visual guide to flipped classrooms from the fine folks at We Are Teachers. It details the basics of flipping, apps that you should use in a flipped classroom, and more.”